TR Member Perks!

Spartan Games, a company with an extremely fitting name, has announced that they have entered into a License Agreement with Microsoft to design and produce Halo tabletop miniatures games. The Halo franchise has already branched out to novels, comic books, apparel, action figures etc. and with over 50 million copies sold worldwide in the Halo video game franchise Spartan Games and Microsoft hope that the tabletop game will appeal to a wide range of gamers.

Covenant-Presentation-Page

Neil Fawcett, Creative Director, Spartan Games said “Our design team are huge fans of ‘Halo’ and this opportunity is the icing on the cake for them. After six years of successfully creating our own games and models, we can now work with Microsoft to bring epic ‘Halo’ spaceship battles to gaming tables around the world. And if that’s not enough, we’re making fast and furious ground combat games as well. Hard to tell what is more exciting: invading Reach with our Covenant Fleet or assaulting ground defences with Spartans and UNSC Marines?”

UNSC-Presentation-Page

Spartan Games has been creating tabletop miniatures games since 2009 when they first released Uncharted Seas, a high fantasy game of naval combat. Since then they have also released Firestorm Armada, a space combat miniatures game, Dystopian Wars, a steampunk miniatures game featuring air, sea and land battles and Dystopian Legions, a 32mm scale infantry combat game. Spartan Games’ prior games have been well received and their miniatures are excellent quality so it is exciting to see what they will be offering in these Halo tabletop games.

Spartan Games plans to have the first products in the Halo tabletop miniatures lines available sometime before the end of 2015.

What do you think of this announcement of the Halo tabletop miniatures games? Do either of the miniatures games announced have your interest? Between fleet battles and the ground combat game which has you more excited? Let us know in the comments below.


Travis Williams

Tabletop Editor

Maestro of cardboard and plastic.



  • Doc Hammer

    Please someone tell me where the Halo fanbase and the tabletop fanbase intersect. These are people I would genuinely love to meet, although I have small hope that they actually exist.

  • David Fitzsimmons

    One word, Haloclix. Didint do well.

  • David Fitzsimmons

    I love how this article gives the impression this is something new. Then again Haloclix did fail really fast, that I can’t really fault anyone for forgetting about it. Failed the second attempt as well after they went back and made the rules compatible with heroclix.

    However one thing I should say is that this is far different then Haloclix, might have greater appeal. If they can come up with a great system for simple but fun rules and prepainted as well, they could see success like the star wars X Wing mins has.

  • Arbitrary

    Never ever heard of those, honestly I’d have been interested in Haloclix as it would be a good way to get some of my younger family into table games.

  • This was brand new to me as I was unaware of Haloclix before the comments in this article.

    Looking into it I wonder if Spartan Games might be crossing their fingers and toes that this does better than Haloclix or that Haloclix was long enough ago that people have forgotten (which obviously they haven’t).

  • Is it just Halo specifically or video gamers as a whole and tabletop gamers that you think don’t have intersecting interests?

  • The board game Dungeon is a fun board gateway game that younger players like as it has a DnD theme and is easy to play. It fairly inexpensive too.

  • David Fitzsimmons

    The one advantage this should have over the various clix games is lack of blind boosters. Blind based collectible and trading games aren’t doing so well these days with the recession. Especially new series without an established player base.

    Once again if they hope for success they need to follow the footsteps of the x wings mini game. Prepainted figures will be less likely to alienate the largest potential audience of this game and being able to be sold outside of the dedicated hobby shops in places like Barnes and nobles will allow more people to be aware of the existence. People who like buying halo action figures or other such merchandise are already accustomed to Barnes and nobles selling those items, so that would be a great place to try and get sales for these games.

    And please keep the rules simple and easy to jump into.

  • Doc Hammer

    Halo specifically. While I personally like the idea of a sleek, modernesque sci-fi aesthetic coming to the table, I don’t really see where there is a market for a Halo branded product here. See the post about Haloclix above.

    I think the sci-fi niche is already well catered to by 40k. Although, I think David said something about an easier ruleset that would lower the bar of entry, which I would be interested in as well.

  • David Fitzsimmons

    I think you could easily snag the general target audience of the halo games, the x wing minis has shown it’s possible to be popular among people who usually would never consider a miniatures war game. The miniatures are prepainted yet very good looking, the rules are very easy to just sit done and play and you do not need to lug around a massive army.

    Downsides to x wings is the somewhat high price for each individual piece does scare off people who really do not understand collectible based hobbies. Fortunately this is mitigated by the fact you don’t need a lot of them.

    Wish I read the article more deeply earlier, because now I can say that being previously familiar with dystopia, the chances of them making prepainteds let alone selling in places the typical halo fan would shop is less likely. However this company seems like it is well used to being not quite as popular as privateer or games workshop and still surviving. How Microsoft will handle their performance is a different story.

  • David Fitzsimmons

    Sadly a lot of the best ones for getter younger folks into the hobby are dead. Pirates of the Spanish Maine, heroscape, and more. Now a days going for board games are better bet as long as they are not the hasbro or Milton Bradley stuff that have a million different themes of the exact same games we been playing since kids ourselves. Showing them how amazing these games can be compared to the rather monotone and frustrating ones.

  • You make good points. Spartan Games make good games but they are definitely hobbyist games.

    I’m going to be following this one pretty closely to see the approach they take and I’ll write up more in the future once the details are more fleshed out.